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Tito Ortiz vs. Mark Coleman at UFC 106

Last month, UFC president Dana White shocked the world when he announced that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz would be returning to the UFC after over a year-long absence. After speaking out publicly regarding the UFC’s pay scale as well as flirting with MMA promotions all over the world for the past year, it’s looking like we will finally see Ortiz return to UFC action sooner than we thought.

While Ortiz has hinted at a possible fight with Mark Coleman in recent interviews, Fighters Only Magazine is now reporting that Coleman agreed to the bout earlier today. The two former UFC champions have reportedly agreed to fight at the currently unannounced UFC 106, which is rumored to take place on November 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Much like Ortiz, Coleman made huge news himself last year when he announced his return to the UFC after a ten-year absence from the company. He went on to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 93 and lost via third-round TKO in a fight that saw “The Hammer” come close to defeating him numerous times. Then the UFC hall-of-famer followed that performance up with a very impressive unanimous-decision victory over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 100 this past July.

Ortiz last saw action at UFC 84 in a losing effort against current UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Ortiz managed to take Machida to the distance and even came close to finishing him off during the fight. It’s widely believed that Ortiz is the one fighter who has come the closest to defeating Machida and it will be very interesting to see if he can earn a rematch with “The Dragon” in the near future.

33 COMMENTS
  • moosebaby02 says:

    this is not the fight i want to see tito return to the ufc with. soup can at best for his return. Matt Hamill would have been better

  • edub says:

    I dont think hed fight Hammil Moose. He was his trainer for a little while after the show was over and it seems as though they were pretty close with their Trainer/Fighter relationship.

  • BigDave says:

    Really? REALLY? With all the fighters out there the had to put him in with Mark Coleman!

    Granted Tito has been away for awhile but if he cant beat Coleman he needs to retire. Hope its on the undercard or at most 1st fight on the ppv cause it gonna be all kinds of suck.

  • edub says:

    Agreed. But u know it will be somewhere on the main card. Tito is still a huge draw.

    I bet theyll put a lot of strikers on this main card now to balance out the event.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Thats right edub forgot about that. Curios who would u put instead??

  • fanoftna33 says:

    This is a great first fight for Tito, we will see where he is at, if he breezes by Coleman great put him in with better fighters, if its a close fight give him another mid card fighter to get back to form, and if he loses he needs much more time to prepair. I cannot wait to see him again, remember he is the only fighter out there to even come close to beating Machida.

  • BigDave says:

    If I was going to pick a fight for him to test the waters I would have thought maybe Brandon Vera, or Jon Jones. Maybe after he beats Coleman they will put him in with one of these guy, I think it will be a good fight with either one.

  • s13 says:

    TEST the waters against Jon Jones or Brandon Vera???? That’s not much testing, that’s more like a final exam buddy. Don’t count out coleman, he’s serious about his training and it showed in the bonner fight.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i like tito, nice to see him back fighting. a legends fight, cant complain with that.

    i was just double checking, but did you realise, if you take Ken Shamrock out of the equation, Tito hasnt actually won a fight within the distance since beating Elvis Sinosic in 2001!!! thats crazy

  • BigDave says:

    @s13- I can see you point but in my opinion if Tito beats Coleman Everyone will say “well he should beat him!” and it does nothing for him. Where as if he can go in there and look good and beat Jones or Vera it immediately puts him in line for the upper level guys like Jardine, Rampage, or even a rematch with the guy he got screwed against Rashad Evans. Stephan Bonnar is a guy who hasn’t been able to pull out a win when he has stepped up in competition Losing to Griffin twice, Evans, Jones, and Machida. Which in my opinion makes a fight with him for Tito no better for his comeback then the Coleman fight.

  • Gurthee says:

    zzzzzzzzzzz…huh? Coleman?…zzzzzzzzzzz…Tito?…huh?…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Please!

  • King B says:

    No one cares about this fight the game has passes both of these guys. They are wrestlers with little or no stand up. Still a Tito fan though!

  • Tito wanted, and deserves, a tune-up fight.

    The guy hasn’t fought in over 15 months and is coming off major back surgery.

    His next fight better bring the goods, though, or I’m calling bullshit.

  • shotokai_ says:

    I agree, the light heavyweight division is stacked to the rafters and there aren’t many fighters, maybe like 3 I can think of, that fit the “tune-up fight” bill. Coleman is one of them though. And you could argue that Ortiz deserves it. Real serious back surgery and he couldn’t do anything for over a year, that’s saying something in this sport. Furthermore the UFC knows that if Ortiz gets a W on his return he could become a very marketable commodity for them again (and at a much cheaper price!).
    So I can see the logic behind this, and despite it being wrestler vs wrestler, has been vs has been, etc etc, I’m still looking forward to watching this fight considerably.

    BigDave why would they put this fight on the under card? That would be a very silly decision. Coleman and Ortiz are still big draws for hardcore fans (out of fascination if nothing else) AND, more significantly, they’re a draw to casuals, especially Ortiz. Plus the fact that they are probably paying Coleman and Ortiz together more than they will pay the rest of the under card fighters. But yeah you’re right, they should put them on the undercard, good idea.

  • BigDave says:

    @shotokai- I’m not saying these guys aren’t a good draw I just don’t see this being a exciting fight to watch. I see Ortiz with a TKO do to strike early in rd 1. But I could also see it being a fight where both guys gas after the 1st round and it becomes one of those who ever is laying on top of the other at the end of the fight gets the win thing. I know the fight will be on the main card and might even be the co-main event depending on what else they put on the card, I just hope I’m wrong and it turns out to be an exciting fight, I would just have rather seen tito in a fight with someone more relevant in the sport atm then a guy on his way out.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    tito and the ufc better hope he wins or his stock drops badly if he dosent

  • edub says:

    “Thats right edub forgot about that. Curios who would u put instead??”

    Moose for a tuneup I would have liked to see him against a younger guy like Steve Cantwell for instance. A former WEC champion whos td defense hasnt been tested but can provide a stern test for Tito to see if he still belongs in the upper echelon of the division.

    Against Coleman is probably on par with the difficulty factor of the Cantwell fight but it wont really show how much Titos got left win or lose IMO.

  • Angry Mike says:

    UFC 106: Dinosaurs roam the Octagon

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Cantwell would be great but the scary thing is i think he can beat Tito wich is why i think ufc didnt put that one together knowing that could happen. they have to be careful with Tito cause he can still help any PPV so they have to ride him out with easy fights until they are done with him. I dont see Colmen lasting that long with Tito and gassing out first. Tito is a fitness freak and if he is 100% like he claims he will be this one will be a very easy one

  • RoadsideGraphix says:

    Coleman vs Couture would be the battle of the dinosaurs…
    Tito vs Coleman is interesting but its going to turn into a wrestling match.

    I’d like to see Tito fight Rashad or Rampage down the road.

  • s13 says:

    What is with everyone and the coleman hating? Do you guys realise that he maybe trained only an hour at most for all of his most recent fights? That’s why he used to run out of steam all the time. And if you pay attention to his fights, you’ll notice he’s always dominant while fresh before fatigue sets in. Fast forward to Bonnar fight…he dominates because he was in shape and changed his camp to xtreme couture. They whipped him into shape real nice and now he’s back to dominating for the most part. This is a much harder fight for Tito than it seems. You have to realise something, no matter how long ago or how old he is, he is still a former champion from a time when it was round robin tournies with less restrictive rules. If he was in the same shape for the shogun fight as he was vs bonnar, he would have easily won (i know shogun was still not %100 from his surgeries but its a fact). Don’t count out or discredit such an awsome warrior of old, I guarantee the fight will be exciting. Coleman believe it or not is a few wins away from a title shot. If Tito beats him THEN I’d look for a fight with Jon Jones which I would love to see. You mentioned that Tito hasn’t won in a long time since the Shamrock Trilogy, which is true, but the unique flipside of the coin is that he hasn’t been defeated by anyone but legends (liddel / couture) and the best fighter in the game at the moment (machida)…and before the flaming starts about anderson being better than machida, anderson pretty much conceded that he’s not better than lyoto and is not interested in finding out. :)

  • s13 says:

    …Tito will not fight rampage, so scratch that off your wish list. They are really good friends and were training partners for years. They are still close too.

  • s13 says:

    I want to see rampage get crushed by anderson silva after his disrespect to Forrest Griffin. Not to mention he’s scared of machida and shogun…just thought I’d add that.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    not counting out colmen but a 100% tito (god help me) is a dangerous man. he gets colmen down on his back well it will be over very quickly. I love colmen and i would love for him to just kick the crap out of tito but i dont see it happening. I think rampage will fight tito cause the $$$$ will be to much to turn down and like rampage has said in the past he has a family to take care of. and the risk of sounded like a novice but i didnt see the comments rampage made. what did he say????

  • Angry Mike says:

    Ok, ok. Maybe the dinosaur reference was too harsh. How about UFC 106: Dawn of the Dead?

  • gy614x says:

    CAME CLOSE TO DEFEATING MACHIDA????? lol

    wow, that fight was anything but close, to think back, the superise Triangle Choke was the only thing Ortiz ever got in that fight (and he couldnt finish it lol).

    I also recall Machida throwing Ortiz off him like he was a toddler.

    lol a possible rematch with Machida now would put him in the ground

  • s13 says:

    Tito DID almmost beat machida (machida said it himself and its obvious when a triangle is LOCKEd you tap or sleep). Anyways, Tito messed up the submission by trying to transition into an armbar instead of rolling with the mounted triangle. That loss was credited to Tito, not because of machida. Look how lopsided the loss was for anderson silva when he was submitted by Ryo Chonan. He dominated the entire fight up until the flying scissor heel hook. Rio didn’t try to transition into a kneebar hence the submission win. He would have been the first to beat machida (machida was a bit lazy and didnt know tito had submissions like that, which is understandable since he never won a fight in his life by triangle). Don’t shortchange tito for almost beating machida. Its a fact.

  • manny says:

    s13:

    A win is a win no matter how you get it. Sure tito had him but he DIDN”T finish him. He was losing the entire fight up til the last 30 sec or so when machida got caught with a triangle.

    This won;t be an exciting fight to see, tito will beat and old coleman. The ufc matching (jos silva) needs to be replaced, b/c his match making SUCKS!

  • edub says:

    “Tito DID almmost beat machida (machida said it himself and its obvious when a triangle is LOCKEd you tap or sleep). Anyways, Tito messed up the submission by trying to transition into an armbar instead of rolling with the mounted triangle. That loss was credited to Tito, not because of machida. Look how lopsided the loss was for anderson silva when he was submitted by Ryo Chonan. He dominated the entire fight up until the flying scissor heel hook. Rio didn’t try to transition into a kneebar hence the submission win. He would have been the first to beat machida (machida was a bit lazy and didnt know tito had submissions like that, which is understandable since he never won a fight in his life by triangle). Don’t shortchange tito for almost beating machida. Its a fact.”

    Im not neccesarily arguing with anything you said man, but u gotta stop saying its a fact after every opinion u put down. I laugh everytime you do it.

  • s13 says:

    Its a fact that edub laughs when I make comments. :)

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Well no disrespect but I don’t really care too much for this fight. It is a good tune up fight for him, but I am looking past it and wondering who he will fight next. I fully expect Tito to destroy Coleman

  • edub says:

    haaaaaaa +1 for S13. Making my day interesting

  • elkymbo says:

    Tito sucks

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